Korg Volca Sample Review

February 28, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Gaz WIlliams takes a look at the first digital Volca. 4MB sample Ram (playback) and the usual Volca sequencing facilities.

Korg Poly 61 demo

February 26, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Details about the video:

Here is a video of the Korg Poly 61. I programmed some new sounds into the memory bank and set up a loop on the tape recorder. You can edit the 2 digital VCOs, the filter and VCA which share an envelope, and send an LFO to the filter, pitch and VCA. Thats pretty much it, but the results of combining these few parameters are really satisfying, especially when dealing with first-generation analog/digital hybrid electronic circuits

The second bit of the video was shot at Tate Modern, where they have a really good 60s/70s minimalist show on at the moment. There was an arresting yellow Anthony Caro that caught my eye

Synth Lead: Korg MS-20 Mini Vs iMS-20 For iPad

February 25, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Korg MS-20 mini is an analog synth, the reincarnation of the classic MS-20. The iMS-20 is the iPad version of the same machine.

If you just try to use the same settings on both, the first thought will be “The iMS-20 simply can’t sound like the real thing”. But in fact, they have different behavior for the same settings on the filter and envelope modules. Don’t expect to make the same sounds using the same settings on both!

With some work and listening carefully you can make the iPad app to sound much closer than before.

Here is another example, now using the filter with resonance and a big release time.

Patch images for MS-20 mini and iMS-20 for iPad: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1…

A Cheesy Pocket Techno Jam

February 13, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A truly portable electronic setup consisted of a PO-14 from teenage engineering, a monotron Delay from Korg and a talking translator by an unknow brand bought in a fleamarket

“Denki-Soba” Analogue Synth Restaurant from Osaka, Japan

February 9, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Gears inside the restaurant:
Roland SH101(blue),TR808,
ARP Odyssey,2600,Quadra,
Korg Mono/Poly,
Gakken SX150
and Denki-Soba Hell Synth
*Special thanks to:
Denki Soba, Risa, Keizo Suzuki from Osaka, Japan.
Copyright: E.D. Music Co.

LOPTUS ( Live ) Logan Piano Strings Synthesizer,Korg Lambda & Sigma.

February 9, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Loptus live: Logan Piano Strings Synthesizer, Korg Sigma, Korg Lambda in my studio.

Korg ARP Odyssey Introduction With David Friend

February 8, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

At the 2015 NAMM Show, Korg introduced their new version of the ARP Odyssey.

As part of this presentation, ARP’s David Friend shared his memories of creating the ARP Odyssey.

KORG releases the SQ-1 step sequencer

January 23, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Korg has introduced the SQ-1 step sequencer, an updated take on the classic Korg SQ-10 step sequencer.

The Korg SQ-1 is a compact step sequencer with 2 x 8 steps. Its wealth of connection jacks allows it to be connected to the MS-20 and a variety of other synthesizers.

Both vintage analog synths and the latest compact synths can be controlled from the SQ-1.

Specifications:

  • Sequencer Mode – ALTERNATE, ORDER, PARALLEL TURN, PARALLEL ORDER, CV/DUTY, CV/SLIDE, CV/DUTY RADOM, RANDOM
  • Step Mode – GATE ON/OFF, ACTIVE STEP, SLIDE, STEP JUMP
  • Sequence Step Resolution – quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes
  • CV OUT Pitch – Linear, Minor, Major, Chromatic
  • CV OUT Voltage – 1V, 2V, 5V (Oct) 8V (Hz/V)
  • GATE OUT Polarity: + (positive polarity), – (negative polarity)
  • SYNC IN/OUT Polarity + (rise), – (fall)
  • Connectors
    • littleBits OUT jack (mini monaural phone jack)
    • OUT (MIDI OUT) jack (mini stereo phone jack)
    • CV – A OUT – GATE jack (mini monaural phone jack, CV OUT : Output Level 1V, 2V, 5V, 8[Hz/V], GATE OUT: output level 10V)
    •  CV – BOUT – GATE jack (mini monaural phone jack, CV OUT : Output Level 1V, 2V, 5V, 8[Hz/V], GATE OUT: Output Level 10V)
    • - IN – SYNC – OUT jack (mini monaural phone jack, SYNC IN: Max Input Level 20V,
  • SYNC OUT: Output Level 5V)
  • USB jack (type B, USB MIDI)
  • Power Supply – Two AA batteries (alkaline batteries recommended), or USB power
  • Battery Life – approximately 5 hours (when using alkaline batteries)
  • Dimension (W x D x H) – 93 x 84 x 63 mm/7.60″ x 3.31″ × 2.48″
  • Weight – 641 g/1.41 lbs.
  • Included Items – Two AA batteries for checking operation, mini plug – DIN cable
  • Options – Patch cable MS-CABLE-18

Pricing and availability for the Korg SQ-1 are to be announced.

Korg 2015 Launch Event – KRONOS and ARP

January 22, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

ARP ODYSSEY; Forty Years Later, A Complete Revival

Long stopped, the wheels of history have again begun to move

Anaheim, CA– January 21, 2015- – In conjunction with Arp Instruments Inc., Korg Inc. has revived the legendary analog synthesizer, the ARP ODYSSEY. Originally produced in 1972, the ODYSSEY quickly garnered a faithful following among musicians. Well respected for its high value, ease to play and portability, the ARP ODYSSEY had undergone several improvements during its history and continued to be a long-seller until manufacturing stopped in 1981 due to economic hardships and the digital surge. Loved by a wide range of musicians as a historical classic, its sound can be heard on numerous classic songs.

Now in 2015, Korg has brought back the ARP ODYSSEY for today while preserving the basic design of the original. The new ODYSSEY has a compact body, highly operable sliders, and a 37 note slim keyboard that’s easy to play. In addition, a DRIVE switch (new function) is provided and connectors include MIDI and headphone output as well as Patch cables.

‘Together the engineers at Korg and Arp were able to nail the sound and feel of the original. Under the advisory assistance of David Friend, the co-founder of ARP Instruments, every detail was adjusted to replicate the original unit’s distinctive synthesis,’ shared James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg products. ‘Every aspect has been carefully considered to stay true to the quality of the original, down to the sophisticated semi-hard case.’

Korg has completely reproduced the original circuitry for artists looking to recreate classic sounds and explore new ones. The ARP ODYSSEY has been downsized to 86% of the original. Carefully selected parts are used in the familiar slider section, providing an operating feel that’s even smoother than the original.”

KORG Debuts Most Powerful Synthesizer with the New Kronos

Expanded Piano Engine, Improved Touch Panel Navigation, Improved Set List Mode, Search by Song Title Functionality, Redesigned Exterior

Anaheim, CA– January 22, 2015- – KORG USA debuted the new KRONOS, the most powerful version of its flagship synthesizer to date during Winter NAMM. For the first time enthusiast will be able to hear and see the new Kronos in action with live performances and in depth demonstrations by product experts and engineers.

‘The new Kronos features the unrivaled 9-engine structure from previous versions, with numerous improvements to both sound capability and overall functionality. Truly, the most powerful synthesizer on the planet just got more powerful,’ said James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg products.

‘Our SGX piano engine, already revered for its German and Japanese grands, now also includes a 9GB Berlin grand with dedicated una corda (soft pedal) samples, plus sympathetic string resonance that works on all the SGX pianos” he continued. “It’s truly an amazing piano experience. There are new banks of sounds based on famous song titles for our cover players and those looking for ‘that’ sound for their recordings, plus a ‘best of’ bank from KaPro, who has created numerous libraries for the Kronos line.’

Other new features include system-wide Touch/Drag via the Kronos’ huge color TouchView™ screen; allowing the user to edit onscreen parameters faster and more naturally than ever.

An evolved Set List mode provides the capability to resize their custom text per set list entry, and enter text via either an onscreen QWERTY or external USB ASCII keyboard. Entries can also be color-coded for better organization and visibility, and users can even decide how many set list entries appear on the screen at time, allowing for more (and larger) onscreen text to remind you of lyrics, changes, or other notes.

An improved search function helps users to find the perfect sound faster than ever. Other improvements include onscreen metering in Combination and Sequencer modes, along with the ability to edit Programs within a Combination to hear the edits in context with other parts.

The improvements don’t end with the software, either; the new Kronos also boasts a new look, including natural wood side panels, easier-to-read silkscreened text, a sophisticated – and functional – vented back panel, and gold-plated audio I/O jacks.”

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ARP Odyssey Specifications

Keyboard:

37-note (Slimkey, No velocity sensitivity, No aftertouch)

Maximum Polyphony:

2 voices for duophonic; normally monophonic

Controllers:

Transpose Positions: 2 octaves down, normal, 2 octave up

Proportional Pitch Control:

b (Pitch down) Pad: about -2 / 3 octave – (Modulation) Pad

# (Pitch-up) Pad: about +2 / 3 octave

Noise Generator:

Noise Spectrum Types (white and pink)

Portamento:

Maximum Speed: about 0.01 msec./oct

Minimum Speed: about 1.5 sec./oct

VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator):

Waveforms: Sawtooth, Square, Pluse (Dynamic Pluse)

Frequency Range: VCO-1 in low freq. mode, 0.2 Hz – 20 Hz: VCO-1 and VCO-2 (audio range) about 20 Hz – 20 kHz

Warm Up Drift: 1/30 semitone from turn on max

Pulse Width: 50 % – 5 %

Pulse Width Modulation: ADSR, +45 %; LFO, +15 %

Voltage Controlled Response: 1 V/oct

Maximum Frequency Shifts: LFO sin wave, +1/2 oct.; LFO square wave, +1.5 oct.; ADSR, +9 oct.; S/H, +2 oct.

* VCO-1 is low note priority, VCO-2 is high note priority.

VCF (Voltage Controlled Filter):

Types: Low pass (I: 12 dB/oct., II III: 24 dB/oct.)

Frequency Range: 16 Hz – 16 kHz

Maximum Usable Q: 30

Resonance: 1/2 – self oscillate

Voltage Controlled Response: C3 key (left edge): 0 V, C6 key (right edge) 3 V

VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier):

Dynamic Range: 80 dB

Ring Modulator:

Type: Digital

Input Signal: VCO-1, VCO-2 (square wave)

Sample & Hold:

Command Sources: Keyboard or LFO trigger

Sampled Signals: VCO-1 sawtooth wave and square wave, VCO-2 square wave and pink noise

ADSR Envelope Generator:

Attack Time: 5 msec. – 5 sec.

Decay Time: 10 msec. – 8 sec.

Sustain Level: 0 – 100 % or Peak

Release Time: 15 msec. – 10 sec.

AR Envelope Generator:

Attack Time: 5 msec. – 5 sec.

Release Time: 10 msec. – 8 sec.

Control Input Jacks:

Pedal: φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack

Portamento Foot Switch: φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack

Audio Output Jacks:

LOW:

Connector: φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack

Maximum Output Level: -20 dBu@ 10 kΩ load

Output Impedance: 10 kΩ

HIGH:

Connector: XLR connector

Maximum Output Level: +4 dBu@ 1 kΩ load

Output Impedance: 330 Ω

Headphones Jack:

Connector: φ6.3 mm stereo phone jack

Maximum Output Level: 50 mW + 50 mW@ 33 Ω load

Output Impedance: 10 Ω

* Controllable by volume knob.

External Audio Input (Ext Audio Input) Jack:

Connector: φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack

Maximum Input Level: -10 dBu

Input Impedance: 22 kΩ

MIDI Connector:

IN

USB Connector:

Type B

CV IN/OUT Jacks:

Keyboard CV (IN/OUT): 1 V/oct.

Connector: φ3.5 mm monaural phone jack

GATE IN/OUT Jacks:

GATE IN: +3 V (minimum)

GATE OUT: +10 V, key down; 0 V all keys up

Connector: φ3.5 mm monaural phone jack

TRIG IN/OUT Jacks:

TRIG IN: +3 V pulse min., 10 μsec. Duration minimum

TRIG OUT: +10 V pulse on key depression, 10 μsec. Duration

Connector: φ3.5 mm monaural phone jack

Power Supply:
AC adapter jack (DC 9 V)

Power Consumption:
6.5 W

Dimensions (W x D x H):
502 x 380 x 120 mm / 19.76″ x 14.96″ x 4.72″

Weight:
5 kg / 11.02 lbs

Accessories:
AC adapter, phone cable, mini-phone cable, owner’s manual, dedicated semi-hard case

Options:
VP-10 Volume Pedal, PS-1/PS-3 Pedal Switch”

KORG unveils ARP Odyssey Analog Synthesizer

January 22, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Originally produced in 1972, the ARP Odyssey was updated with several improvements throughout its history and was manufactured until 1981, due to economic hardships and the rise of cheap polyphonic digital keyboards.

The new Korg Odyssey has a compact body, highly operable sliders, and a 37 note slim keyboard. In addition, a new ‘DRIVE’ switch is provided and connectors include MIDI and headphone output as well as Patch cables have been added.

According to the company, “Korg has brought back the ARP Odyssey for today, while preserving the basic design of the original”.

The New ARP Odyssey

“Together the engineers at Korg and Arp were able to nail the sound and feel of the original. Under the advisory assistance of David Friend, the co-founder of ARP Instruments, every detail was adjusted to replicate the original unit’s distinctive synthesis,” says James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg products. “Every aspect has been carefully considered to stay true to the quality of the original, down to the sophisticated semi-hard case.”

Korg has completely reproduced the original circuitry for artists looking to recreate classic sounds and explore new ones. The ARP Odyssey has been downsized to 86% of the original. Carefully selected parts are used in the familiar slider section, providing an operating feel that’s even smoother than the original.

Product Specifications:

  • Keyboard: 37-note (Slimkey, No velocity sensitivity, No aftertouch)
  • Maximum Polyphony: 2 voices for duophonic; normally monophonic
  • Controllers: Transpose Positions: 2 octaves down, normal, 2 octave up
  • Proportional Pitch Control: b (Pitch down) Pad: about -2 / 3 octave – (Modulation) Pad
    # (Pitch-up) Pad: about +2 / 3 octave
  • Noise Generator: Noise Spectrum Types (white and pink)
  • Portamento: Maximum Speed: about 0.01 msec./oct
    Minimum Speed: about 1.5 sec./oct
  • VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator): Waveforms: Sawtooth, Square, Pluse (Dynamic Pluse)
    Frequency Range: VCO-1 in low freq. mode, 0.2 Hz – 20 Hz: VCO-1 and VCO-2 (audio range) about 20 Hz – 20 kHz
    Warm Up Drift: 1/30 semitone from turn on max
    Pulse Width: 50 % – 5 %
    Pulse Width Modulation: ADSR, +45 %; LFO, +15 %
    Voltage Controlled Response: 1 V/oct
    Maximum Frequency Shifts: LFO sin wave, +1/2 oct.; LFO square wave, +1.5 oct.; ADSR, +9 oct.; S/H, +2 oct.
    * VCO-1 is low note priority, VCO-2 is high note priority.
  • VCF (Voltage Controlled Filter): Types: Low pass (I: 12 dB/oct., II III: 24 dB/oct.)
    Frequency Range: 16 Hz – 16 kHz
    Maximum Usable Q: 30
    Resonance: 1/2 – self oscillate
    Voltage Controlled Response: C3 key (left edge): 0 V, C6 key (right edge) 3 V
  • VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier): Dynamic Range: 80 dB
  • Ring Modulator:
    Type: Digital
    Input Signal: VCO-1, VCO-2 (square wave)
  • Sample & Hold:
    Command Sources: Keyboard or LFO trigger
    Sampled Signals: VCO-1 sawtooth wave and square wave, VCO-2 square wave and pink noise
  • ADSR Envelope Generator:
    Attack Time: 5 msec. – 5 sec.
    Decay Time: 10 msec. – 8 sec.
    Sustain Level: 0 – 100 % or Peak
    Release Time: 15 msec. – 10 sec.
  • AR Envelope Generator:
    Attack Time: 5 msec. – 5 sec.
    Release Time: 10 msec. – 8 sec.
  • Control Input Jacks:
    Pedal: ?6.3 mm monaural phone jack
    Portamento Foot Switch: ?6.3 mm monaural phone jack
  • Audio Output Jacks:
    • LOW:
      Connector: ?6.3 mm monaural phone jack
      Maximum Output Level: -20 dBu@ 10 k? load
      Output Impedance: 10 k?
    • HIGH:
      Connector: XLR connector
      Maximum Output Level: +4 dBu@ 1 k? load
      Output Impedance: 330 ?
  • Headphones Jack:
    Connector: ?6.3 mm stereo phone jack
    Maximum Output Level: 50 mW + 50 mW@ 33 ? load
    Output Impedance: 10 ?
    * Controllable by volume knob.
  • External Audio Input (Ext Audio Input) Jack:
    Connector: ?6.3 mm monaural phone jack
    Maximum Input Level: -10 dBu
    Input Impedance: 22 k?
  • MIDI Connector:
    IN
  • USB Connector:
    Type B
  • CV IN/OUT Jacks:
    Keyboard CV (IN/OUT): 1 V/oct.
    Connector: ?3.5 mm monaural phone jack
  • GATE IN/OUT Jacks:
    GATE IN: +3 V (minimum)
    GATE OUT: +10 V, key down; 0 V all keys up
    Connector: ?3.5 mm monaural phone jack
  • TRIG IN/OUT Jacks:
    TRIG IN: +3 V pulse min., 10 ?sec. Duration minimum
    TRIG OUT: +10 V pulse on key depression, 10 ?sec. Duration
    Connector: ?3.5 mm monaural phone jack
  • Power Supply: AC adapter jack (DC 9 V)
  • Power Consumption: 6.5 W
  • Dimensions (W x D x H):  502 x 380 x 120 mm / 19.76″ x 14.96″ x 4.72″
  • Weight: 5 kg / 11.02 lbs
  • Accessories:
    AC adapter, phone cable, mini-phone cable, owner’s manual, dedicated semi-hard case
  • Options:
    VP-10 Volume Pedal, PS-1/PS-3 Pedal Switch

Pricing and Availability.

The new Korg ARP Odyssey has an MSRP $1400. Availability is TBA.

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